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A truck loaded with flowers and strawberries crosses the Gaza Strip's Rafah border into Egypt on Nov. 28 after Israel granted special approval for the export of a small amount of Palestinian products from the Gaza Strip to Europe. Sealed off from the outside world, Gaza's farmers are entering their fourth year of export restrictions, imposed by Israel after the Islamist Hamas party took control of the impoverished strip. Said Khatib /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Easing Of Blockade Fails To Help Ordinary Gazans

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It Goes Up Your Nose Fareed Haque & Garaj Mahal
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French Suite no. 5 in G major--Allemande Jeffrey Biegel
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Michelle Fridley, 33, with her cat in her apartment in Canadaigua, N.Y. Ten years ago, on the way to her baby shower, Fridley, then 23, was in a car accident that left her a quadriplegic. This year, she was crowned Miss Wheelchair New York. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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